We had #BBQBecky and #JoggerJoe, and now there’s #PermitPatty.
A viral video showed a white woman on the phone, calling the police on an 8-year-old black girl who was selling water bottles Friday afternoon near AT&T Park, according to the girl’s mother Erin Austin.
“Yeah, illegally selling water without a permit,” the woman said in Austin’s video, which was initially posted on her Instagram story.
Austin later posted the video as a post on her Instagram with the caption: “an 8-year-old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police.” She also called the woman “#PermitPatty.”
The viral exchanged occurred near an apartment building on Townsend and 2nd Street. Austin said the police never showed up after the phone call.
San Francisco Police has not responded to NBC Bay Area’s request for comment.
The #PermitPatty video sparked outrage and continued conversations about policing and racism.
In a similar incident in Oakland, a woman dubbed “BBQ Becky” called police to report an African-American man who was using a charcoal grill in an area where they are not allowed.
“Oftentimes when African-American people are involved, it leads to an escalation of police force,” community organizer Carol Fiffe said about the Lake Merritt incident.
NBC Bay Area has scheduled an interview with Austin. We are also working to confirm the identity of the woman in the video and request her comment. This story will be updated.
SOURCE: NBC Bay Area – Kiki Intarasuwan